Detailed, survey-based statistics and analysis from Cutter's thought leaders on the initiatives and programs organizations are implementing today.
I recently gave a full-day tutorial at the Applications of Software Measurement Conference in San Diego, California, USA. Two statements from audience members spoke volumes on the dilemmas IT managers face: "I'd like to hear more on negotiation and less on metrics"; and "I can't do a thing about my deadlines. I also have little leverage regarding the number of people on my team.
At least in the IT world, it's true -- size matters. This issue of ITMS revisits size metrics, which many IT organizations find perplexing. In an attempt to clear up the confusion, I've written "Eight Commonly Asked Questions About Size Metrics."
This issue continues discussions started in January on organizational learning and defect inspections, specifically focusing on organizational issues and how to deal with emotions and tensions in a high-pressure IT environment. The word metrics implies an objective, sterile view of our working world.
Happy New Year! 2001 is truly an exciting time to be in the field of technology. Although HAL 9000 may not be running your IT Space Odyssey, there's no doubt we're at the cusp of an era of revolutionary progress in technology as compared to even a few years ago.